William Escobar was charged with two counts of battery and two counts of perjury. These charges related to the actions of Officer Escobar as he tried to take Mr. Refus Holloway into custody. "I am glad that Mr. William Escobar got his day in court and he got the exoneration he deserves," states Mark Horwitz after the five-day trial. Officer William Escobar and his partner Officer Joel Williams
It appears that the legal troubles of one Florida man have finally been resolved. After being acquitted for rape, the 20-year old man was then charged with felony vandalism. This individual was accused of breaking a jail cell window while awaiting trial for the rape charges. Sheriff's deputies allege that he used a bolt removed from a shelf to break the window. While such vandalism charges
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a new question involving the intersection of technological change and the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures by police and government agents. The high court has just agreed to hear two cases in which officers arrested people and then, without warrants, seized their cellphones and rooted around in them for evidence.
Outside the white collar arena, most criminal cases aren't based on intricate, multifaceted investigations. When the case involves a one-time event, such as an alleged assault or battery, much or even most of the evidence may have been collected and processed by one or two police officers. The testimony of those officers, therefore, often makes up the majority of the prosecution's case. That
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures by police. Historically, however, the word "unreasonable" has required a lot of clarification. For example, while courts have traditionally held that police must get a warrant before searching someone's home, there are exceptions to that requirement. One of them is when an authorized person such as a
Since the George Zimmerman verdict, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law has received a lot of news coverage and, unfortunately, some of it has been inaccurate. The verdict has prompted efforts to repeal "Stand Your Ground" in the somewhat mistaken belief that it was responsible for the acquittal. But does "Stand Your Ground" really mean more Florida homicide cases are ending with